Obamacare Offers Thousands Of Dollars To Married Couples To Divorce

You have probably heard about the Obamacare marriage penalty before, but now we have a local news channel covering a specific couple.

Nona Willis Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara’s love affair began at a party in 2008.

“We kissed on a bean bag chair,” Aronowitz said.

A year later, it grew into a marriage at City Hall in Manhattan.

“It was really sudden,” Aronowitz said. “It was basically because he needed health insurance, and I had a job that would give that to him.”

But four years later, there is now irony in the fact the couple could soon divorce for the same reason.

“After Obamacare has rolled out, we realized that we would save thousands of dollars if we got divorced,” Aronowitz said.

While I’m all for marriage I have to admit this story reminds me of the things that were broken about the old healthcare system. It is worth noting that offering people benefits as part of their job didn’t start naturally. It started during the Second World War when there were wage freezes in place. Companies developed benefits packages to attract new talent because they weren’t allowed to offer larger salaries. This development separated the person paying for a service from the person receiving that service and gave rise to price inflation. So one economic intervention had consequences, and now another is making a bad situation worse.

But four years later, there is now irony in the fact the couple could soon divorce for the same reason.

“After Obamacare has rolled out, we realized that we would save thousands of dollars if we got divorced,” Aronowitz said.

The issue for Aronowitz and Cassara is that together as family of only two, they make more than the $62,000 level to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But if they lived together unmarried, they would qualify for the subsidies and could literally save hundreds of dollars a month on their health care.

A single person can qualify for subsidies if they make less than $46,000 a year.

This is just one example of a national problem. How many marriages will be ended or avoided due to this huge penalty?

It reminds me of Julia, the fictional adult female who the Obama administration put forward as the ideal beneficiary of the Obama agenda, an unattached female who had her career and child without reference to a husband.